2012 Strawberry Festival – Advance Tickets Now Available!

Annual Strawberry Festival 2012

 Thursday, June 7, 2012

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Courthouse Square in Downtown Kokomo

 Strawberry Shortcake $5


KOKOMO, IN – Advance tickets for the Greater Kokomo Downtown Association’s Annual Strawberry Festival on Thursday, June 7 are now available. The festival features strawberries, shortcake, ice cream, whipped cream, music, and a few new additions this year.

A generous portion of strawberry shortcake is only $5. Advance tickets can be purchased at Palmer’s Jewelry, 101 E. Sycamore St., Chamber of Commerce, 325 N Main St., Community First Bank, 201 W Sycamore St., and all its branches, Planet Mind, 108 N Main St., PNC Bank, 200 W Mulberry St, Angie Meyers Design Studio, 104 W Walnut St, Upper Crust, 106 N Main St, Lux Boutique, 102 E Walnut St, The Vault, 223 N Main St and Key Bank, 224 N Main S., and all its branches.

The Strawberry Festival will be held on Main Street on the Courthouse Square from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or while quantities last. Featured at the festival will be shortcakes baked by women from the Millerview Amish School in eastern Howard County, strawberries through Moore’s Pie Shop, ice cream from Glover’s, and whipped cream donated by Meijer of Kokomo. Also featured will be music by Kokomo Symphony Youth Orchestra.

McDonalds® of Central Indiana will be providing samples of their Frozen Strawberry Lemonade. Also kids will enjoy a fun show by Ronald McDonald® starting at noon. Free activities and crafts will be offered during the festival at Planet Mind, 108 N. Main St. Also, Angie Meyers Design Studio, 104 W. Walnut St will be doing something special as well.

“We are proud to continue with the tradition of the Strawberry Festival which highlights our downtown,” said Jeb Conrad, President & CEO of the Alliance. “It is an event that makes Kokomo a great place to live, work and play. ”  

Local Restaurants Deliver Big (and Unique) Flavor

I recently had the opportunity to visit several local restaurants and bakeries this week with a representative from the Indiana Foodways Alliance.  We are all guilty of dining at our “usual” spots, which are different for everyone.  The next time you eat out in Kokomo, think local.  Many of the places we stopped this week have been in business in Kokomo for decades; some for over 50 years!  It was a great reminder that we need to not only step out of our normal routine and try different places once in awhile, but that supporting our local family-owned (I like to call them mom and pop) restaurants is putting money back into our local community.

I took a few photos while I was out and about this week and received a delicious meal at every single stop!  For a listing of all local restaurants in Kokomo, visit our website www.VisitKokomo.org or pick up a Dining Guide at the Kokomo Visitors Bureau office, located at 325 North Main Street.

Martino’s Italian Villa – 1929 North Washington St.

Martino’s pepperoni & sausage pizza


Martino’s Italian Beef sandwich – a delicious surprise!

Artie’s Tenderloin – 922 South Main St.

Artie’s Tenderloin celebrating 75 years in Kokomo!

Artie’s signature sandwich – the Tenderloin

The Quarry – 2130 West Sycamore St.

The Quarry has both family dining and a bar


The Quarry’s fish tacos are a great summer choice with fresh salsa

The Quarry’s patio is perfect for outdoor dining

Moore’s Pie Shop – 115 West Elm St.

Fresh baked pie anyone?

Moore’s Pie Shop’s Sugar Cream Pie – an Indiana tradition (and my personal favorite.) Yum!

Ray’s Drive In – 1900 North Courtland Ave.

The King Tenderloin at Ray’s Drive In!

The sign says it all – make sure you come hungry!

If you want to take a step in the past, you have to experience Ray’s Drive In in Kokomo



Kokomo Mobile App Scavenger Hunt

Mobile Scavenger Hunt

 Download the new Visit Kokomo Mobile App (now available on Android & Apple phones and tablets) and participate in our Kokomo Mobile Scavenger Hunt!  Go to www.VisitKokomo.org/app for details on how to download the app!

The Rules:

1.   Search for 4 different clues hidden in the Visit Kokomo Mobile App – each clue will direct you to a specific location in Kokomo.  The clues can all be found under the “Deals” tab.  However, not every listing has a “Deals” tab.

2.  Visit each of the 4 locations to receive a unique item to complete the scavenger hunt – each location will give you only one item.

3.  Bring all 4 items to the Kokomo Visitors Bureau office at 325 North Main Street in Downtown Kokomo between the hours of 8:00am-5:00pm (Monday – Friday.)  Upon arrival, fill out an entry form and turn in the 4 items you have found.

4.  Deadline to turn in items is Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

The Prizes:

1st Prize will be given to the first person to complete the scavenger hunt and turn in all the correct items.   All other participants to complete the scavenger hunt will be put into a drawing for the 2nd prize (from all correct entries turned in by the deadline.)  Winners will be notified by Friday, May 18, 2012.  Each Prize Package will include: an overnight stay at the Kokomo Hampton Inn & Suites, a $50 Whiskey Creek restaurant gift certificate, 2 admission passes each to the Seiberling Mansion and Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory.

Some exclusions may apply.  For more information, call 765-457-6802.  Good luck!

Kokomo Mobile App Now Available!

Download the new Visit Kokomo Mobile App!

Easily find local restaurants, tours, parks & trails, attractions, lodging, concerts & festivals, view videos & photos, plus much more!

Simply scan the QR codes below with a QR reader on your smartphone for quick (and FREE) download.  For more details, go to www.VisitKokomo.org/app.